Jet Airways flight loses contact with ATC over Germany, German air force jets escort it to safety
Reports said the loss of radio contact happened when the pilot chose a wrong frequency.
In a serious security scare, German air force jets had to escort a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to London on Thursday after it lost contact with air traffic control in German air space. The Boeing 777 aircraft had 345 people on board.
The airline said communication was restored later and the flight landed safely without incident at Heathrow. The airline was forced to react after a website put up footage of the incident which showed the Boeing 777 being escorted by 2 fighter jets. The website had said the loss of radio contact happened when the pilot chose a wrong frequency.
Jet Airways flight from Mum to London after lost contact with ATC, escorted by German Air Force.pic.twitter.com/ZXURa6Slw4
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The flight crew had been grounded pending an investigation by India's air safety regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the airline said.
"Contact between Jet Airways flight 9W 118, from Mumbai to London Heathrow, of February 16, 2017, and the local ATC, was briefly lost while flying over German airspace," the Jet statement said.
"As a precaution, the German Air Force deployed its aircraft to ensure the safety of the flight and its guests," it said.